JULY 2019

How’s everyone’s summer going? We’re certainly making the most of the beautiful, balmy weather and gearing up for July 4th—with plenty of sunscreen on hand, of course! (We hope you’re remembering to re-apply, especially when spending extended periods of time outdoors.) 

Summer can come along with some unique skin concerns, ranging from sunburn and bug bites to rashes like poison ivy—but remember we’re here to help! Read on for Dr. Boakye’s advice for dealing with these season-specific problems so you and your skin are covered (at least until you’re able to get into the office, if necessary).

This time of year is all about relaxing, whether spending time with family and friends or traveling—but we can help you look a bit more rested and rejuvenated even if you’re going about your business as usual. Wrinkle-relaxing toxins and filler injections are a sure-fire way to get the pick-me-up you’re looking for, and be sure to check out this month’s lip-and-chin special!


10% off lip and chin injectable fillers

Subtle enhancements to the lips and chin can have a profound impact on your profile and overall facial appearance. Strategically placed hyaluronic acid fillers can bring these facial features into harmonious proportion, and a create a more balanced look. Dr. Boakye always strives for the most natural-looking outcomes, and her goal is to create beautiful contours that look anything but “done.” This month, we’re offering 10% off when you purchase filler for the lips or chin (treatments can be scheduled in one or two appointments)—and the first eight patients who book with receive a free Alastin Restorative Neck Complex (a $110 value)! Offer expires July 31, 2019.

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Is your skin ready for summer?

If summer’s heat is taking a toll on your skin, restore lost moisture to your hands and body with Karité Shea Butter! Formulated by Dr. Boakye with unrefined shea butter sourced from Ghana, organic coconut oil and an antioxidant-rich blend of botanical extracts (and very little else), the Hand Crème and Hydrating Body Crème are just what your skin needs to weather warm-weather months beautifully and comfortably! Ideal for all skin types and extremely effective for problem spots like knees, elbows and feet, they're also safe for soothing eczema symptoms.


Eat your way to healthier skin

An antioxidant-rich diet can benefit the entire body both inside and out. Summer means a variety of fruits and vegetables are finally in season, here’s a short list of foods to fill your plate with, as well as the antioxidants they contain.

  • Carrots: Vitamin A, beta carotene

  • Tomato: Vitamin C, lycopene

  • Avocado: Vitamin E

  • Corn: Lutein, zeaxanthin

  • Watermelon: Lycopene

  • Apple: Phytochemicals

More is more when it comes to antioxidants, which is why it’s important to get a variety of them. This is actually quite easy if you try to eat many different-colored fruits and vegetables. It’s also a good idea to stick to a low-glycemic diet (with limited sugar, fried and processed foods) and turn to fish, chicken, yogurt and cheese as your main sources of protein. You can also add supplements—such as collagen peptides, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin E—into your wellness routine. After a short period of time on this “healthy skin diet,” you just might see improvement in acne, eczema and psoriasis, as well as a more radiant complexion.


Ask Dr. B.: Your Summer Skin Survival Kit

Spending more time outdoors increases the changes of experiencing a variety of skin issues and concerns… In most cases, these season-specific problems can be tended to at home, but it’s important to have the right products on hand so you’re prepared for any summer skin-related matters that may come your way. 

Sunburn: Perhaps the most common skin concern come summer, sunburncan occur if you forget to reapply (especially after swimming or sweating), or if you miss a spot when applying sunscreen (be mindful of often-missed areas like the tops of the feet, ears and along the edges of your swimsuit). To minimize discomfort, take a cool shower or bath and apply moisturizer while skin is still damp. Products with aloe or soy can be especially soothing, and over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can be used as well. (Avoid products that contain “-caine” as they can be irritating or cause allergic reaction.) If necessary, ibuprofen or aspirin can help reduce swelling, redness and discomfort. If blisters form, allow them to heal, and take care to protect sunburned skin from additional sun exposure until symptoms have resolved.

Bug bites: Summer and insects go hand in hand, and unfortunately most of us will get bitten at some point. Many patients ask me which ingredients to look for in an insect repellent, and DEET and picardin are the most effective against mosquitoes, ticks and flies. The main difference is that DEET may damage plastics and other synthetic materials—and both of these ingredients are considered to be safe and effective for the entire family. In the event you get bitten, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream applied twice a day can help relieve the itching and inflammation. Non-drowsy antihistamines like Claritin and Allegra can help as well.

Poison ivy and other plant reactions: Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding rashes caused by contact with poison ivy and other irritating plants. Protective clothing, including long sleeves and pants are always a good idea if you’re hiking or in the woods—and proper gloves are essential as well. If you find yourself with a plant-based rash and over-the-counter hydrocortisone doesn’t help alleviate the redness, itching and inflammation (or you notice any other unusual symptoms), a trip to the office may be warranted.


We moved!

Thanks to loyal patients like yourself, we outgrew our old office and moved to a brand-new, bigger space! (But don’t worry, it’s just down the street.) Please take note of our new address, and we look forward to seeing you in our new location!

473 Sylvan Avenue, Suite 110
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632


Make an appointment on your own time

We know how busy you are, and sometimes there aren’t enough hours during the day to cross everything off your to-do list. We’ve added an online booking tool that allows patients to view our schedule and make an appointment, even if our office is closed. Click here to check it out!


Bergen Dermatology Rewards

We appreciate it when our patients help spread the word about Bergen Dermatology, and we like to say thank-you for your continued support. Refer a friend or family member and you’ll receive 10% off your next cosmetic treatment—and they’ll receive 10% theirs!
Have you heard about our VIP Program? For $250, this annual membership entitles you to savings on skincare products and cosmetic treatments…

  • 15% off all cosmetic procedures

  • 10% off all product purchases

  • Free shipping on BergenDerm.com product purchases of $100 or more

  • A complimentary chemical peel and Bergen Dermatology product for your birthday (a $200 value)